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(en) Anarchist IWA Global Action Day in solidarity with teacher Federico Puy in Slovakia and Czech Republic - summary of Priama akcia - IWA Slovakia

Date Tue, 16 Sep 2008 14:06:16 +0300



IWA Global Action Day in solidarity with teacher Federico Puy in Slovakia and
Czech Republic - summary of Priama akcia - IWA Slovakia ---- A short and
incomplete summary of actions organised in Slovakia and Czech during the last
week of August as part of the IWA campaign in support of Federico Puy - a
teacher and FORA-IWA member sacked from Red Cross branch in Buenos Aires.
WHAT WE DID ----- 1) A protest action and a delivery of official protest note to
the nearest branch of the Red Cross ---- Red Cross has branches in a lot of even
small towns. This was a great opportunity for people who were outside the
"centers of activism" to organize their own actions.

Two of our comrades made a small action on 15th August in the small town of
Bardejov in Slovakia. And it went very well. Two people were enough to go to the
RC branch office, told employees there why they came and talked with them a
little or gave them the leaflet. Then they asked to meet the office boss to give
her a protest letter.
Our members, comrades or friends also visited local branches in Bratislava
(photo right), Košice, Prešov, Žilina (photo with poster below), Žiar nad
Hronom, Trenčín in Slovakia; and Olomouc, Písek, Ostrava, Karviná (and possibly
more as Czech part of Czechoslovak Anarchist Federation also took part in the
campaign) in Czech republic. With aim to spread the campaign also in Czech
Republic and with cooperation with comrades from Czech we made leaflets, posters
and protest e-mails also in Czech language.

2) Posters were placed near the offices of the Red Cross in Slovakia and Czech
cities/towns

There were two types of posters that people used. One was for the teachers to
encourage them to show their solidarity in some way. The other one was for
general public (just with informative effect). Posters for teachers were placed
at front doors of schools in Bratislava (altogether over 30 schools!). Posters
with general information were placed on much less places as we concentrated
mostly on teachers this time. Several comrades and friends asked their former
teachers for solidarity by e-mail or face-to-face. Except above mentioned towns,
people public see the posters also in few other towns mostly in mid-Slovakia.

3) E-mails and faxes were sent to all branches in our country + to the
headquarters in Geneva and to the branches in Argentina

We provided people with all possible addresses and model letters to send. This
way they could send e-mails to Argentina, Geneva, Slovakia and Czech Republic in
a few minutes. We know that people responded to this appeal quite well also
because when activists visited local branches in some towns they have been
informed that RC knows about Federico's case because their branch received a
protest e-mail(s).

We have also informed mass media (and few local media) by sending our press
release but we received no feedback and we suppose no-one printed it out. At
this moment we collect all the reports from different towns and plan to put on
our website an overview article about all actions in Slovakia, Czech and
worldwide. Thus we would welcome info on action organized in other countries.

For further info and downloads see original article at English section of our
website http://www.priamaakcia.sk/?action=view_article&id=457
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